“Gilbert said his team had been alerted by the new Apple feature three times before, though rescuers weren’t needed in the earlier instances, which included an accidental activation and a routine car crash. But Gilbert knew the coordinates from Fields’s phone were inside the canyon, meaning the phone’s owner was likely in danger. Without the alert from the phone, Gilbert said Fields and Zelada may have been stranded. “It’s going to be a game changer,” Gilbert said. “There are many incidents where we’re an hour to an hour-and-a half behind the original emergency before we’re even notified.””

Source : New iPhone emergency feature helped save California couple after crash – The Washington Post